Discover Yourself This time next year

Setting your intention to slow down & simplify your life

September 5, 2017
Setting your intentions

Setting your intention to slow down and simplify your life


I recently discovered a course through Daily OM which seem to align well with my September theme ‘This Time Next Year’. The full name of the course is ‘A Year to Clear What is Holding You Back’ and is presented by Stephanie Bennett Vogt from SpaceClear.

Stephanie’s mission as written on her website:

“My mission and passion is to change the way the world relates to stress and stuff, and teach simpler, gentler ways to release it that lighten, enlighten, and last.” –Stephanie Bennett Vogt

Now we all experience stress that is part of life but as my word for 2017 was ‘Simplify’ I was interested to learn more about her philosophy.

I signed up for the course through Daily OM for a nominal fee and have been receiving daily emails which will last for a full 365 days. Content is based around the “5 Ss of Clearing”: slow down, simplify, sense, surrender, self-care.

Setting your intention to slow down and simplify your life

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will have read before my thoughts on the importance of self-care and nurturing our mind, body and soul.  I think in relation to the ‘5Ss of Clearing’ I might struggle with ‘surrender’.  I find it hard to just let go and surrender – I usually fight against the tide but as I’ve written before, letting go of obstacles that are holding you back or that you have no control of is the only way to truly move forward with your life and achieve happiness.

I like the idea of receiving a little reminder each day to learn and restore.  Stephanie suggests setting aside the same time each day to read the content of the email.  Some include videos, other emails might be a short message to ponder.  What I like about the course is that you can do it at your own pace.  For example, I will be going on a European holiday in October so may not have time or access to emails.  No problem – I can pick up where I left off.

Each week there is a check in to encourage you to review how you are feeling and what thoughts are starting to form.  Keeping a journal is also recommended but the over-riding point is that by taking a year, there is no rush to overload our brain with information but to slowly start to understand and incorporate this knowledge into daily life.

So in my quest for simplifying my life and also working towards making changes by ‘this time next year’ I’m making the commitment to achieve the ‘5Ss of Clearing’.

I’m not affiliated with Daily OM or SpaceClear or Stephanie Bennet Voigt but merely wanted to share my experience.  It may or may not be for you, but throughout the next year I will be sharing learnings which I think may be of help.

Is there something holding you back and robbing you of happiness?

What can you do to make changes or learn to let go?

Will you set your intention to slow down and simplify your life?


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  • Reply athelenerose September 6, 2017 at 14:00

    Hi Sue
    This is a huge commitment!!! I wish you luck and I will be looking forward to your updates. Good luck
    Enjoy the process.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:16

      Thanks Helen. Fortunately, it is in small doses rather than a short course with information overload. I’ve had many comment about looking forward to updates so I will definitely have to do that! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl September 7, 2017 at 09:04

    Some major life changing things in your life right now, Sue! Can’t wait to read more of your journey.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:11

      There is certainly always lots going on in my life SSG. I’m just one of those people who can’t retire and sit around for too long. Although I can get lost in a book that is for sure I love to read. Have a wonderful day xx

  • Reply Deborah September 7, 2017 at 09:53

    Sue I can’t remember where it was but I read something recently about adding a little ‘whitespace’ into every single day for purposes of relaxation and recovery.

    Things are a bit up in the air for me at the moment. I’ve applied for a full time job for a year which would be a huge change as I’ve not worked full time in nearly 5yrs and didn’t want to do so again. It means my ‘free’ time will be even more precious and it’ll be something I’ll need to think more about.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:10

      Congratulations on the job Deb and I’m sure you will be great. Although I agree it might be a bit of a shock at first with the extend hours. Just think that we have 168 hours in a week so surely there is a 10 minutes a day for ‘whitespace’ you can achieve. I know you can! x

  • Reply Jo Tracey September 7, 2017 at 10:34

    I look forward to reading more about this as you go along. I also like the concept of this time next year & the gentle approach to simplifying. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:08

      Hi Jo! Glad you liked the concept and I like the timing as well. Sometimes much shorter ‘courses’ can be overwhelming because there is so much information. This just drip feeds information and if I miss a day it is easy to go back to and catch up. Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill September 7, 2017 at 13:01

    There is so much to be said for slowing down and simplifying isn’t there Sue? I think we have made our lives to messy and cluttered – finding time to just settle our minds and calm our souls is so important. I love that you’re sharing your thoughts on all this as you go along – it’s like a mini course for the rest of us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:06

      I think I’m finally getting the hang of simplifying Leanne although then there are times when I go off track! I like this course because even though you receive an email daily, it is quite short – just a tip really – so I don’t feel bad if I miss one and then have to go back to catch up. Have a great week and yes I’ll definitely be sharing what I’ve learned. xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle September 7, 2017 at 13:29

    Wow Sue – I love the sound of this and have clicked on the link to her website to read further. Both you and I think very much the same on the importance of self-care and nurturing our mind, body and soul and both our blogs explore ways and means to do this. I love the idea of this course being over 365 days so that our brains are not overwhelmed with too much info at once. Also the fact you can do it at your own pace. Thanks for sharing or I otherwise would not be aware of it. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:04

      Hi Min! I found her website accidentally but it has some great information and inspiration. I agree that you and I are both very similar in our thinking – we need to arrange a coffee one day! Each day the email arrives and because most are short you can read through. However, I’m not stressing about it (like I usually do) if I miss a day here and there – I can always catch up. Have a great week and glad you found the information useful. xx

  • Reply Donna September 8, 2017 at 03:43

    Those ‘Five S’s” make much sense. Like you, I would struggle the most with ‘surrender”. I look forward to reading more about your thoughts/experiences on this course. I also look forward to reading about your October holiday in Spain!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:51

      Only three weeks until we leave which is exciting although so much to do before I go! I think you and I have many things in common Donna. Yes I’m looking forward to sharing my learnings. They are bite sized pieces which makes it much easier I think. Have a great day. x

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama September 8, 2017 at 13:03

    I’ve struggled with tiredness and low energy for so many years (due to anemia, sleep apnea, etc) that I have had no choice but to keep life fairly simple and rest regularly! Now I can do the same, but get to enjoy more energy, yeah!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 9, 2017 at 08:05

      I’m not a great sleeper Janet and never have been really. I find it hard to slow down but sometimes when I do I actually feel better and happier. Have a great weekend x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit September 11, 2017 at 04:58

    I did slow down this year. But now I’m behind. Too many projects on the go! So now it’s time for me to speed up again. Too many amazing things to achieve before I start slowing down for good. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:33

      I know what you mean Leanne. I too have things I want to achieve but I’m trying not to go like a ‘bull at a gate’ all the time and just make time for ‘time out’ occasionally. Good luck with all your plans!

  • Reply Beverly September 15, 2017 at 22:51

    What a great post. I too try to focus on mind, body and soul. I am going to check her out.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 17, 2017 at 16:58

      Thanks Bev I’m sure you will find her very helpful. Hope you are okay after the hurricane!

  • Reply Random Musings September 16, 2017 at 01:12

    I love the idea of having a mental clear out and the 5Ss sounds like a really good way to do it. Good luck with the course – I like the idea of the daily emails to keep you focused.
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 17, 2017 at 16:59

      thanks Debbie – the daily emails are short and to the point which is easier than wading through lots of words and not really taking it in. Have a great week!

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